[rescue] Total corporate madness (
Jonathan C. Patschke
jp at celestrion.net
Wed Aug 6 12:44:33 CDT 2003
On Wed, 6 Aug 2003, Dave McGuire wrote:
> Also...with FC-AL, there's a lot more in there than just cabling and
> power supplies. The A5000 in particular has a touch screen on the
> front...You can power up & down each drive, get status and temperature,
> take either loop online on offline, etc. You can also do all that
> stuff via software over the FC-AL interface.
Mmmmm. Yummy. I think I need to find some of this goodness the next
time I need more disc.
You know, a neat hack would be a small FC-AL box (like the Sun 611
form-factor) with either an FC-AL<->FDDI or FC-AL<->Ethernet "bridge"
board that has an IP stack and talks NFS/AFP/SMB. Even neater would be
a way to stack or daisy-chain them for RAID. At that point, you could
go nuts and make the multiple Ethernet ports (as a result of stacking)
talk EtherChannel for a fatter pipe to workstations.
I don't know how efficient such a product would be, but it'd be damned
cute, and probably easy enough for Joe Luser to use.
Jonathan Patschke ) "We're Texans. We figure out ways to do these
Elgin, TX ( things..." --Bill Bradford
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